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With regards to safety, I think we can categorically (sp?) state that EVERY consumer vehicle is unsafe compared to a standard: professional race cars (Indy, F-1, Nascar, etc.)

Take NASCAR cars. They can wreck at 200Mph+, and the driver overwhelmingly gets up and walks away. In fact, IIRC, as many fans have died at NASCAR events over the last 5 years as drivers. And don't give me the "They are professional driver" bit, hitting a wall, or another car, at 200 Mph, and not getting hurt, has very little to do with the driver skills.

It has a lot do do with the *safety* harness, the helmet, and frame design of the vehicles. Why don't consumer cars have these? For the harnesses, we can't reliably get people to wear the much simpler seat belt. For helmets, everyone would have hat hair (God Forbid!) And as for the frame, well at $1.5Million+ per car, it *TOO EXPENSIVE TO BE USED*. We routinely put a limit on the $$$ we'll spend on our own safety. I think it is disingenuous, at best, for everyone to be up in arms.

I am not defending Ford, I think they screwed up. But the media / public reaction is just pissing me off. Think Ford is unsafe? Buy something else. Think Firestone is unsafe? Buy something else. The only people who might possibly have been wronged are people who *currently* own firestone and/or certain Fords.
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